Judge Dredd: Fatties

Writers:
John Wagner, Alan Grant

Artists:

Mick McMahon, Ron Smith, Carlos Esquerra, Cam Kennedy, John Higgins, Jon Haward

Cover Artist:
Cam Kennedy

Letters:
Tom Frame

Previously published in 2000 AD Progs 273-274, 331-334, 440-441, 1694, Judge Dredd Annual 1982 & 1985, Judge Dredd Megazine 4.01-4.03, 227.

Judge Dredd was created by John Wagner & Carlos Esquerra

Released in North America on 16th July 2013 and available to on Amazon.

Judge Dredd is the titular character of this book but as with many of the stories presented to us in 2000AD or the Megazine he isn’t the main character. Often in many ways the city itself is a character and at other times it is the citizens. When the citizens take centre stage we are likely to see a Craze, the city is full of them; Uglies, Sky Surfers, Boing! to name a few.

Crazes are sometimes simply fashion statements,such as Kneepads. All Crazes are a way to cope in the future city where unemployment is sky-high. And of all the Crazes one of the oddest is Fatties.

They have become one of the iconic images, people so fat they need a wheel under their belly to get around. If you look carefully you will see a Belly Wheel on the floor near a dead body in the 2012 movie Dredd. It was subtle, but Fatties are in the film.

This book collects the major story-lines regarding Fatties, so many stories in fact that I’m nor going to do a synopsis for each one.

Contents:
Anatomy of a Crime
The League of Fatties
Requiem for a Heavyweight
The Eat of the Night
The Magnificent Obsession
The Bazooka
Fat Christmas
Fat Fathers

The art doesn’t suffer from the reduced size and I can’t say I spotted any re-adjusting in the placement of the lettering. And what art it is, some of the classic Dredd artists.

Reading these stories was a trip down memory lane. Of all the stories I don’t recall Fat Christmas from Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 227, a take on Romeo and Juliet. A fine collection of stories.

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